The wife and I have gone on a mission to get off plastics as much as we can.
Once we read a few reports on BPA and plastics in general and how many people have them in their systems. We began to make changes in our household to get off plastics as we have to assume we too have levels of BPA and plastics in our systems.
Here are some of those household changes…
- We no longer accept plastic bags from stores, not just the grocery. To replace the plastic we purchased well made, 100% cotton bags to use instead. It was an odd item to get use to, but they are just routine now.
- We donated away all of our plastic cups, plates and water bottles. We converted drinking glasses to pint mason jars. Bowls we converted to wood bowls and small Pyrex glass bowls. Water bottles were converted to Kleen Kanteen’s stainless steel water bottles (no Wally World here).
- We also donated away all of our plastic Tupperware items, including all plastic cooking utensils, spatula’s, etc. We replaced the cooking tools with wood or stainless steel. And the small Pyrex bowls from above double as our Tupperware along with Mason jars.
- We no longer use plastic or cling wraps, but instead use aluminum foil sheets. But even the aluminum foil we wish to remove and have been looking at cloth bags as a replacement. Most of this area was solved by the small Pyrex bowls and Mason jars.
- We have gone through clothing, including bath and kitchen towels, shower curtains, bedding, etc. And removed all oil or plastic based products, such as polyester to name just one. We replaced these items with 100% cotton, wool or linen. The wife has fallen in love with 100% linen. She mentions how much healthier she feels when wearing it.
- We also removed plastics among our cookware by replacing it with cast iron and high grade aluminum. No more plastic handles or Teflon.
- We are still working on food items and mainly purchase in bulk and then repackage the items into mason jars or vacuum bags. This area is taking more time than expected, but a learning curve of garden and other factors have to be figured in. We have eliminated canned goods 100% from our house. So we know in time we can conquer the plastic.
- We have set up 3 buckets to handle all recycling and trash. We no longer use any bags in the recycle bins so that plastic has been removed, but still working on changing the bins to something other than plastic. We no longer use a regular trash can in the kitchen, but use a 2 gallon bucket. This forces us to recycle as much as possible. We are looking at indoor compost containers so hopefully the trash can will vanish. We can say that normal trash bags have stopped in our house.
There are other areas we are still working on. And we use “the good ol’ days” as an example of what to switch too over plastic. Such as the cookware, we only had to look at our own childhood to find cast iron as the replacement. We hope to be 90-95% plastic free within the next year or so. As we wish to break this addiction to plastic that has crept into our lives.
Besides information on BPA and other harmful items in plastics. The fact plastics have poisoned the world is another reason. We wish to carry no guilt upon ourselves or any dirt upon our robes before YHWH. For we see this pollution as part of destroying His creation. Scripture tells us YHWH does not take likely to those who do such an act. So we see our changes in living as repenting for what we have done in ignorance.